Video of The Month:
Armstrong© Vinyl Asbestos Floors 1965
Join QuanTEM in celebrating 20 years as the
LAB OF CHOICE for
Visit our site for more information!
Interested in more Industry News from QuanTEM?
Visit The QuanTEM Chronicle Archive
from John Barnett, President
It's now the Holiday
Season. For me that means Thanksgiving, Christmas & New
Years. Many of us celebrate Hanukkah & Kwanza. Thanksgiving
is the time to be thankful for all the good we have experienced
throughout the year. Christmas is the time to remember who we are and
the New Year points to the future with all the possibilities it may
Point being, this is the end of the year. We have just about done all we can
do to make this year a success; now it's time to celebrate the good
we've enjoyed throughout 2009. We have all experienced
some major economic hurdles in the last couple years; I guess
you could say these are character building times. It's
the times like these that make us grateful for those around us; our
families, friends and our customers who have stuck with us through
thick and thin and those we work with everyday.
The staff here at QuanTEM has been amazing at making sure our
customer's needs have been taken care of. Even Barbara and
Scott, who edit this news letter, have been relentless in pushing me
to get this lead-in written.
All of us here at QuanTEM would like to wish you the very best
for the holiday season and a prosperous and happy New Year.
John E. Barnett
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
Beware of Lead in Holiday
lights sold at Target, Wal-Mart may contain lead. Feds defend industry, put blame on
Lisa Wade McCormick
Consumers aren't just worried about lead in their children's
toys -- and their pet's toys -- this holiday season.
They're also worried about
lead in their Christmas decorations.
Consider this warning Cathy R. of Sickleville, New Jersey found
on a box of Christmas lights she recently purchased at Target:
"Handling the coated electrical wire on this product exposes you
to LEAD, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth
defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after use.' "
Cathy is shocked that Target would sell tainted merchandise.
"Normally children help when putting decorations up, which
not only would expose the adults, but the children to lead," she
told us. "I am appalled that Target or any other store would
sell such products. In this day and age with all the recalled items
from China that contain lead, I can't believe that any store --
especially Target under their own brand -- would put these out for
To read the full article, click here.
Halloween Face Paint Laced With Lead
Posted Tue Oct 27,
2009 12:37pm PDT
children's face paints are laced with undisclosed heavy metals that
are known to be both acutely poisonous and to cause long-term health
problems, ranging from skin sensitivity and brain damage.
The testing, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of
health and environmental groups, found that many face paints -
including those used in Halloween costume makeup often contain lead,
nickel, cobalt and chromium. None of those ingredients, however, were
listed on product packaging.
Makeup brands included Don Post Grease
Paint Color Wheel, Alex Face Paint Studio, and Rubie's Silver
Metallic. Download the full report (PDF) for complete list.
The testing was limited to 10 Halloween face paint products bought at
a seasonal store, but disturbing enough: All 10 costume makeups
contained detectable amounts of lead, which is such a well-known
pollutant that the federal government has banned or severely
restricted its use in gasoline, paint, and -- most recently -- toys.
Exposure to lead is known to cause permanent
brain damage, particularly if children are exposed in the womb or
during the first six years of life, and can lead to a lifetime of
problems ranging from learning disabilities to violent tendencies.
Six of the 10 Halloween face paints
tested had nickel, cobalt, and/or chromium, all of which exceeded
voluntary industry safety guidelines, and all of which could cause
allergic reactions in some people, according to the Campaign for Safe
At least one Halloween costume makeup labeled "nontoxic"
and "hypoallergenic" -- Snazaroo Face Paint -- contained
some of the highest levels of lead, nickel, and cobalt detected by
the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' study.
read the full article, click here.
York Building Owner Faces Fines for Improper Asbestos Removal
Middletown, New York, officials are ready to fine the owner of a
building where asbestos was removed in violation of state laws.
The building is the former Classy Leather goods warehouse on Canal
St. The furor arose when a city building inspector came upon a work
crew leaving the building with bags of asbestos that they planned to
dump, presumably in a local landfill.
The inspector shut down the operation and called New York State's
Labor Department Asbestos Control Bureau, which regulates asbestos
remediation and removal. A Labor Department inspector showed up a day
Middletown Public Works Commissioner Jacob Tawil observed the
closure, and Middletown resident West Solloway, who owns an adjacent
warehouse (Fort Knox Self Storage), has been complaining about the
removal for months, noting that workers are breaking up
asbestos-containing material up with sledgehammers without the
benefit of masks or other protective gear.
Working in such a manner can lead to asbestos-related diseases,
notably mesothelioma, which is caused by the inhalation of asbestos
fibers released when material is broken up or degraded.
These fibers, so small they have to be viewed under an electron
microscope, set up irritation, which can lead to lesions and, from
there, to cancer. This cancer, most commonly occurring in the lungs,
or pleura, typically lies dormant for up to five decades, gradually
involving more and more vital tissue until symptoms become so severe
that those affected are compelled to seek medical help.
To read the
full article, click here.
Woman Awarded $3.3M In Toxic Mold Lawsuit
An Arizona jury awarded $3.3 million to a woman who is
now permanently disabled due to exposure to toxic mold. Read on to
find out more about her story, the dangers of mold and other
multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Silent Arizona
personal injury The injuries sustained by 47 year old Robin Minium
were not the result of a sudden accident, but something far more unsuspecting - toxic mold exposure.
According to news reports, Minium worked out of her
home, an upscale Scottsdale apartment, as a project manager for
American Express. She began living there in 2000, but by 2002, she
had become very ill - and neither she nor her doctors knew why. It
wasn't until one of her neighbors told her about mold infestation in
the complex that the pieces of the puzzle started to come together.
She saw her doctor again and he confirmed that her symptoms were
consistent with mold exposure.
Minium moved out immediately, but the damage to her
health had already been done. She now suffers from a neuro-cognitive
disorder that affects her short term memory and can no longer work because of it.
She sued the apartment complex management for failing
to maintain the premises in a condition fit for human occupation.
Minium's Arizona personal injury attorney was able to convince the
jury that, despite what the defense said, the mold in her apartment
was toxic and responsible for her injuries. The jury awarded Minium
To read the full article, click here.
Mesothelioma- The Legacy of Asbestos
to be a leading producer and processor of oil for many years.
However, its rich oil industry has unfortunately left a trail of
mesothelioma cancers and other related diseases. Many Oklahoma oil
refinery workers have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases
such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and pleural plaques.
Asbestos is an
excellent natural flame retardant and so, with the ever-present
danger of fire and explosions around the oil drilling and refinery
industries, this led to wide use of asbestos insulation on such
things as pipes, boilers, tanks, heat exchangers, furnaces, pumps,
mesothelioma fatalities from the 1980's until 2000 number about 300,
with most of the victims based in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Oklahoma
ranks the 31st in terms of mesothelioma cases.
To read the
full article, click here.
Signs Your Workplace is Dysfunctional
Conspicuously posted vision or value statements are filled with
vague but important-sounding words like "excellence" and
"quality". These words are seldom defined and the
concepts they allude to are never measured.
Sign No. 2:
Bringing up a problem is considered more as evidence of a
personality defect rather than as an actual observation of reality.
In a dysfunctional company, what it looks like is not only more
important than what it is, it is what it is. If you don't believe
that, you are the problem. A surprising amount of information is
classified. Dysfunctional companies have more state secrets than the
CIA. Anything that might embarrass the boss turns out to be a
national security issue.
Sign No. 3:
If by chance there are problems, the usual solution is a
motivational seminar. Attitude is everything, especially in
places where facts are embarrassing or inconvenient. In a dysfunctional
family, there's an elephant -- usually a drunken abusive parent -- in
the parlor, but no one ever mentions him. To appear sane, you have to
pretend that the elephant is invisible, and that drives you crazy.
Businesses are full of invisible elephants, too. Usually they are
things that might cause difficulties for people with enough clout to
prevent their discussion. The emperor may be naked, but if you have a
good attitude, you won't mention it.
Sign No. 4:
Double messages are delivered with a straight face. Quality and
quantity are both job one. You can do it both cheaper and better,
just don't ask how. If you're motivated enough you should know
Sign No. 5:
History is regularly edited to make executive decisions more correct,
and correct decisions more executive than they actually were. Those
huge salaries require some justification.
Sign No. 6:
People are discouraged from putting things in writing.
What is written, especially financial records, is purposely
confusing. You can never tell when you might need a little
Sign No. 7:
Directions are ambiguous and often vaguely threatening. Before
you respond to a vague threat, remember this: Virtually every
corporate scandal begins with someone saying, "Do it; I don't
care how." That person is seldom the one who gets indicted.
Sign No. 8:
Internal competition is encouraged and rewarded.
The word "teamwork" may be batted around like a softball at
a company picnic, but in a dysfunctional company the star players are
the only ones who get recognition and big bucks.
Sign No. 9:
Decisions are made at the highest level possible.
Regardless of what it is, you have to check with your boss before doing
it. She also has to check with her boss.
Sign No. 10:
Delegating means telling somebody to do something, not giving them
the power to do it. According to Webster's Dictionary, you
delegate authority, not tasks. In dysfunctional companies you may have
responsibility, but the authority lives in the office upstairs.
Sign No. 11:
Management approaches from the latest bestseller are regularly
misunderstood to mean what we're doing already is right on the mark
"Seven Habits of Highly Effective People," "Good to
Great" and "Who Moved My Cheese?" all seem to boil
down to, "quit griping and do more with less."
Sign No. 12:
Resources are tightly controlled. Your department may need
upgraded software, but there's been a spending freeze since 2006.
Cost control is entry-level management, but in a dysfunctional
company anything more sophisticated is considered too touchy-feely.
Whatever you propose, the first question you will be asked is if it
can be done cheaper.
Sign No. 13:
You are expected to feel lucky to have a job and know you could
lose it if you don't toe the line.
Dysfunctional companies maintain control using the threat of
punishment. Most will maintain that they also use positive rewards
... like your paycheck. A few people are actually fired, but most of
those who go are driven to quit.
Sign No. 14:
Rules are enforced based on who you are rather than what you do.
In a dysfunctional company, there are clearly insiders and outsiders
and everyone knows who belongs in each group. Accountability has different
meanings depending on which group you're in.
Sign No. 15:
The company fails the Dilbert Test. Dysfunctional
organizations have no sense of humor. People who post unflattering
cartoons risk joining the ranks of the disappeared. When an
organization loses the ability to laugh at itself, it is headed for
big trouble. If you'd get in trouble for printing this article and
posting it on the bulletin board at work, maybe it's time to look for
another job before this one drives you crazy.
Each month, I will
post my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with answers and
tips that will help you save time and money.
Q: What is QuanTEM's Holiday Schedule? Do
you have different hours?
Please call and schedule any projects that have to be
analyzed during our holiday hours.
will close at 1pm CST.
you like to ask me a question?
Email me here.
Barbara Holder has been
with QuanTEM since October 2004 as our Customer Relations
Manager. Barbara plays an active supervisory role with all
customer interactions with QuanTEM.
Scott Leavell & Barbara
comments? Email us here.
QuanTEM Labortories, LLC
2033 Heritage Park Drive
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(800) 822-1650 voice
(405) 755-2058 fax